Southampton 2-3 Manchester United (20.09.2015) Live Commentary

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It was a very watchable match. Great goals and there was plenty of action at both ends of the pitch. No regrets about following this game. You have to say that the visitors have been the better side. The tactic of both sides was slow build-up play.
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The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) makes a harsh challenge and Mark Clattenburg calls for a foul.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) collects a rebound and produces a mid-range attempt. The ball goes low to the middle of the target, but David de Gea (Manchester United) keeps it out.
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Steven Davis (Southampton) meets a cross on the edge of the box, and he produces a header which goes towards the bottom right corner, but one of the defending players blocks the effort.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) will deliver the ball into the penalty box from a corner kick.
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Victor Wanyama (Southampton) finishes his astonishing individual effort with a great shot from about 18 metres to the top left corner. David de Gea shows his excellent skills and saves the attempt. Southampton get a corner.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) blows a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side into the penalty area and sends a bullet header which goes just wide of the left post!
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Flag goes up against Memphis Depay (Manchester United). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
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There will be a minimum of 5 min. of added time.
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Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
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What a chance that is! Graziano Pelle (Southampton) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side, and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes well wide of the right post!
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A cross, produced by Dusan Tadić (Southampton), caused no threat to the opposition’s defence as the ball was cleared out of danger.
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Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
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Southampton enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
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A perfect lofted pass from Sadio Mane finds Graziano Pelle (Southampton), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header straight into the top right corner. His effort was both strong and precise, and David de Gea had no chance of stopping that. 2:3.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) produces a lofted cross from the free kick in order to find one of his teammates inside the box. His intention is right guessed by David de Gea (Manchester United), who steals the ball from the air and avoids the danger.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle for infingement.
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Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
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The game is interrupted now, Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) fails to convert a close-range free kick as he sends the ball narrowly over the bar.
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A yellow card for a tackle by Jose Fonte (Southampton). Mark Clattenburg doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
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The manager has decided to make a substitution and Shane Long (Southampton) walks off the pitch to be replaced by James Ward-Prowse.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
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Mata (Manchester United) steps up and sends the free kick straight into the defensive wall.
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Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Mark Clattenburg doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
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An unsuccessful cross into the box by Dusan Tadić (Southampton). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
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Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
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That will be all from Marcos Rojo who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Paddy McNair (Manchester United).
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Goal! Mata (Manchester United) picks up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box, he unleashes a shot which goes inside the right post. It is 1:3.
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OFF THE POST! Good play from Memphis Depay (Manchester United) as skips past two defending players and from the edge of the box unleashes a decent strike that smashes the right post!
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6:13 – this is the current number of fouls committed by both teams.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. Manchester United forced their opponent to concede a corner.
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Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) brings his opponent down. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
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Substitution. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) on for Michael Carrick.
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Jose Fonte (Southampton) jumps inside the box to meet the corner and plants his header directed to the right post, but the goalkeeper pulls off an astonishing save and denies him.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) is heading toward the corner flag to execute the set piece.
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Maya Yoshida (Southampton) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted. The referee signals for a corner kick, Southampton are awarded.
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The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
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Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort. Southampton win a corner.
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It will be the substitution. Steven Davis (Southampton) is ready to enter the pitch as Oriol Romeu walks off.
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Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for a foul.
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by David de Gea (Manchester United).
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) creates some space for himself and unleashes a strike from long range, but his effort sails just wide of the left post.
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The attendance for today’s match is 31588.
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
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GOAL! A terrible mistake leads to a goal. The defender ends up losing possession, allowing Anthony Martial (Manchester United) to pick up the ball before slotting it into the back of the net to make it 1:2.
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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) escapes without any punishment from the referee after using excessive force to foul his opponent.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
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Anthony Martial (Manchester United) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
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Ronald Koeman makes a switch. Cuco Martina (Southampton) is coming on in place of Matt Targett at the start of the second period.
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The teams are back out for the second half and here is a change on the pitch. Louis van Gaal gives a chance to Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) and Matteo Darmian is off.
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We are entering into the second half.
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We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. The home team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks unlike the players of the away team who present themselves with possession football.
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The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
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Matt Targett (Southampton) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
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We will have 1 min. of added time.
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Matt Targett (Southampton) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
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The resulting corner from Mata (Manchester United) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
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Mata (Manchester United) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Manchester United.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. The referee points to the corner flag. Manchester United are given a corner.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. It will be a corner kick for Manchester United.
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Anthony Martial (Manchester United) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
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Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Manchester United.
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Anthony Martial (Manchester United) receives a killer pass, finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and with a low drive sends the ball past the goalkeeper.
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Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
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Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Mark Clattenburg signals.
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Mata (Manchester United) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Mark Clattenburg blows a whistle for a foul.
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The corner from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is cleared away by the defence.
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Graziano Pelle (Southampton) finds his way to a cross and strikes towards the goal, but one of the defending players deflects the ball away. Southampton have a corner.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Maarten Stekelenburg comes off his line to gather the ball.
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He should have done it better. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) is afforded space to connect with a Mata cross, but his header from the centre of the box flies well over the crossbar.
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Graziano Pelle (Southampton) missed a great opportunity! He finds himself some space near the penalty spot and plants a header goalwards which lacks the power and accuracy. The ball sailed well wide over the bar!
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the middle of the target, but David de Gea was alert and didn’t let the score change.
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Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle.
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Memphis Depay passes to Anthony Martial (Manchester United), but he produces a wild shot from the edge of the box. It goes high over the bar.
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OFF THE POST! Graziano Pelle (Southampton) runs towards the goal to force his teammate to send him the ball. He receives a fantastic pass and fires from the edge of the box, but it crashes against the right post. It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
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Goal! Graziano Pelle (Southampton) was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box, and he fires the ball low inside the left post. It is 1:0.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) latches on to a precise lofted cross inside the box, controls the ball and unleashes a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. His dangerous effort is blocked by David de Gea who makes a glorious save!
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James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
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Dusan Tadic (Southampton) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. The assistant referee makes a right call and Southampton will have a corner.
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Dusan Tadić (Southampton) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots the ball towards the goal from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the left post.
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Graziano Pelle (Southampton) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. The ball is out-of-play. Southampton will have a throw-in.
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Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) makes a rough challenge and Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for a foul.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent.
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Dusan Tadić (Southampton) was in a good position and inches away from getting on the end of a through ball.
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Sadio Mane (Southampton) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
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Manchester United are showcasing great team work and neat passing move.
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The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are out at last! Southampton will take the kick-off.
Mark Clattenburg will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
 
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18 – That’s the number of clean sheets Manchester United have already kept in the competition.
Southampton have completed big transfer and they have signed Virgil Van Dijk (Celtic).
Southampton have already won 63 points from home and away matches.